Must war have consequences for scientists?
The Journal of Molecular Structure has temporarily banned manuscript submissions from scientists working at state science institutes in Russia. The decision extends the consequences of war beyond the realm of politics, albeit to persons who have played no role in Putin’s invasion and might even have opposed it at great risk to themselves. Such reactions… Continue reading
Is it so blasphemous to think ISRO ought not to be compared to other space agencies?
Is it so hard to consider the possibility that we might get a better sense of ISRO’s activities if we did not keep comparing it to those of other space agencies? Continue readingAntrix, Ariane 5, Arianespace, Brahm Prakash, Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, geostationary transfer orbit, GSAT, GSLV, INSAT, ISRO, low-Earth orbit, medium-lift launch vehicle, Merlin 1D, NYT, PSLV, reusable launch vehicle, Roscosmos, SCE-200, SpaceX, Sun-synchronous orbit, telecommunication satellites, TOI, UR Rao
SpaceX rocket blows up but let’s remember that #SpaceIsHard
The Wire June 30, 2015 “… it’s not all or nothing. We must get to orbit eventually, and we will. It might take us one, two or three more tries, but we will. We will make it work.” Elon Musk said this in a now-famous interview to Wired in 2008 when questioned about what the… Continue reading
After less than 100 days, Curiosity renews interest in Martian methane
A version of this story, as written by me, appeared in The Hindu on November 15, 2012. — In the last week of October, the Mars rover Curiosity announced that there was no methane on Mars. The rover’s conclusion is only a preliminary verdict, although it is already controversial because of the implications of the… Continue reading
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